Chocolate covered oranges are one of my favorite desserts. If you make them with extra dark chocolate, they’re not just tasty, but also good for you.
Fruits are sweet and delicious all on their own. But one can’t deny that the combination of chocolate and fruit is amazing and that a coating of rich, dark chocolate greatly enhances the flavor of fruits.
Winter is the perfect time to make chocolate covered oranges! I adore oranges – they are truly nature’s dessert. Just like strawberries, oranges don’t really NEED a coating of chocolate. 🍊But it does make them even better.
The ingredients you’ll need
You’ll only need three simple ingredients to make this tasty dessert. The exact measurements are included in the recipe card below. Here’s an overview of what you’ll need:
Mandarin orange: Recommended in this recipe because you can peel and section it easily – much more easily than a common orange. But you could also use a small orange if you’d like/
Dark chocolate: The darker you can go and still enjoy it, the better. I use Lindt Excellence 90% cacao, but you should obviously use what you like.
Coconut oil: Used here to make the chocolate coating shinier and also less prone to breaking as you bite into it. You can also use avocado oil.
How to make chocolate-covered oranges
It’s so easy! Scroll down to the recipe card for the detailed instructions. Here are the basic steps:
1. Your very first step is to peel the orange and divide it into segments.
2. Now, melt the chocolate and the oil in the microwave. You can also use a saucepan, but the microwave is easy and fast. Just make sure you do it in increments and stir after each session to avoid burning the chocolate.
3. With a pastry brush, paint half of each orange segment with some melted dark chocolate. Make sure you paint both sides. You can paint the entire segment, but it’s prettier to leave a half unpainted.
4. Place the oranges on a wax paper-lined plate and briefly freeze them to set the chocolate.
What type of oranges should I use in this recipe?
It’s best to use oranges that you can peel and section easily because you want uniform segments. So mandarin oranges work well in this recipe.
Although I often use an ordinary small orange and manage just fine. And if you can get blood oranges, they look especially pretty when coated with chocolate.
How to store chocolate covered oranges
Store them in the fridge, in an airtight container, for 3-4 days. Remove them from the fridge about an hour before you plan on serving them. Chocolate – and fruit – taste best at room temperature.
More chocolate-covered fruit that you might enjoy
These chocolate-covered strawberries are wonderful. It’s also a surprisingly easy recipe to make – I usually enlist the help of my kids when making it.
And chocolate-covered blueberries are such a treat. The combination of the juicy fruit and the dark chocolate is wonderful.
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Chocolate Covered Oranges
- 1 large mandarin orange or 1 small orange
- 1 oz very dark chocolate (I used Lindt 90%)
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- Peel the orange and divide it into segments.
- Place the chocolate and oil in a small microwave-safe bowl and melt in the microwave, in 20-second increments, stirring after each session.
- Use a small spoon to “paint” half of each orange segment with the melted chocolate.
- Place the chocolate covered oranges on a wax-paper-lined plate. Freeze for 10 minutes to set, then serve.